Thursday, 3 June 2010

New City Landscape - Tweetography


We have been monitoring different cities' tweeting habits over the past months using the Tweet-O-Meter. This project is developed together with DigitalUrban and was coded by Steven Gray. Earlier we had covered a London Weekend (HERE, HERE, HERE) and now we are looking at four cities. Those are New York, London, Paris and Munich over the period of one week.
The data is derived from tweets sent via a mobile device from an app that includes the location at the time of sending the message. We see large differences between the overall tweeting as well as in the mobile usage of twitter. London and New York generally send about the same amount of tweets, New York however has about twice the amont of mobile users compared to London.

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Image by urbanTick / New York tweetography, the New City Landscsape generated from tweet density. Click map for a detailed version.

From the pool of tweets covering the city we have generated the New City Landscapes as a form of tweetography. Here the landscape features corresponds with the twitter activity of locals. THe mountains rise over active locations and cliffs drop down in to calm vallies flowing out to tweet deserts. Through out the emerging landscape features have been renamed to reflect the conditions.
The data is based on information collected over a seven day week last month. SOme temporal graphs will follow. There are obviously differences in temporal activities, but the New City Landscape is an overview of the logged time frame as a whole.

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Image by urbanTick / New York tweetography, the New City Landscsape generated from tweet density - Zoom.

Charactering New York along the New City Landscape we can distinguish a massif of mountains from Fordham Heights southwards over the Central Harlem Rock, dropping down into Central Park to steeply rise up to the Timesquare Peak a long a ridge to the NYU Top to the Chinatown Head, where it starts dropping down the Financial Cliff. Towards the East the Manhattan Bridge Ditch separates this massif from the Brooklyn set of peaks. Were it starts with the Downtown Peak towards Bedford Hill, turning south over Ocean Hill, Rugby Ridge down towards Flatlands into the Mill Bassin Curve, dropping into the Jamaica Bay Pit. Another smaller group of hills form around the Jamaica Hills, Rosedale Hill and JFK Terminal 4 Point. For more details refer to the detailed map. Special thanks to John Reads for helping out with local knowledge.

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Image by urbanTick / London tweetography, the New City Landscsape generated from tweet density. Click map for a detailed version.

London has compared to New York a centralised Peak structure with the Soho Mountain as its peak. The massif here falls from this point in all directions with a north ridge going along the Camden Ridge across Arsenal Point, Finsbury Park Ridge to the Tottenham Hill. This line ends with the Edmonton Peak at the Ponders End. Further outside singular peaks can be found such as the Heathrow Peak, the Selsdon Peak or the Chaffordon Hundred Hill in the East.

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Image by urbanTick / London tweetography, the New City Landscsape generated from tweet density - Zoom.

We are still working on other maps. Munich and Paris are under way and more are to come soon. The language translation is tricky but with the help of specialists we might get that together.
Here a Munich preview.

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Image by urbanTick / Munich tweetography, the New City Landscsape generated from tweet density. Click map for a detailed version.

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Update 2010-06-04

Paris is now joining the other three cities. Here is the New City Landscape map of the Ille de France. Special thanks go to Annick for helping out with the terminology.

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Image by urbanTick / Paris tweetography, the New City Landscsape generated from tweet density. Click map for a detailed version.

And the zoom-in as a preview

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Image by urbanTick / Paris tweetography, the New City Landscsape generated from tweet density - Zoom.

4 comments:

Matt D said...

Fan, Have you thought about overlaying these maps (which are awesome!!) with the Skyhook - Spotrank Location data? It might be interesting to see a wireless heat map compared to a twitter heat map...

Just thinkin'.

Check out:http://www.skyhookwireless.com/spotrank/index.php

I think that these maps are very important for understanding how people use and move through the landscape. Keep up the inspirational work Fan!

fan said...

Matt, Thanks for the comment. Haven't thought of this but will check it out. Guess micro blogging doesn't relay too much on wireless networks, but the activity might. So could be an interesting comparison.

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Wow I just love these images they are so beautiful.I never thought that the view of these city would be so amazing.Great work in collecting the tweet rate from different cities.Twitter is so famous that the rate of tweeting has to be high..Thanks

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Very beautiful pictures ! I had never thought of such kind of view about the city. This is great work. I am very much impressed. Thanks for sharing with us ! Cheers Man !